Zurich Meets New York

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Building on Zurich’s role as a 21st-century hub for scientific and technological innovation, Zurich meets New York highlighted the contemporary relevance of visionary movements and ideas born in Zurich and their impact on American culture. The festival featured 25 events, 11 of which were hosted by ETH Zurich and its partners at venues across New York City.

Watch the Zürich Meets New York trailer.

Here you will find media coverage of the festival.

 

Vanderbilt Hall Grand Central Terminal  
Vanderbilt Hall Grand Central Terminal

Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal

As part of the week-long and citywide Zürich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity, ETH Zurich invited New Yorkers to visit a virtual Zurich inside Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal. Using the latest augmented reality (AR) technologies, visitors could experience the style, culture, and excitement of Switzerland’s largest city; meet and even take ‘selfies’ with Zurich’s very own virtual superhero scientist, Eva.

 

MetroNeXt+ took the public on a virtual journey from the center of New York to the heart of Zurich using the latest in augmented reality technology. The project exhibited a replica of a vintage New York City subway entrance that transported visitors to downtown Zurich, where they could experience the architecture, arts, sciences, as well as the lifestyle of Switzerland’s largest city.

Visitors could also meet and take pictures with Eva, ETH Zurich’s virtual superhero scientist, in her fully decked-out science lab, as she encourages young people to pursue the wonders of science.

Two advertising columns, designed by ETH Zurich, were on display in Vanderbilt Hall:
Advertising column design 1 (PDF, 12.8 MB)
Advertising column design 2 (PDF, 12.8 MB)

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Nurturing the Genius of tomorrow  
Nurturing the Genius of tomorrow

Nurturing The Genius Of Tomorrow

 

Nurturing the Genius of Tomorrow presented ETH Zurich’s value chain from student to Nobel Laureate. It highlighted how the best talent is attracted to and nurtured by ETH Zurich; how industry and ETH Zurich mutually benefit from close collaboration; and how ETH Zurich educates future leaders who will contribute to the innovation-generating economy of Switzerland and beyond.


Flyer with speakers list (PDF, 117 KB)

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ETH Zurich  
Urban Nature

Urban Nature: Between Human and Non-Human Event Website

New York is at the forefront of an urban Green Revolution, and the emergence of public spaces like the High Line is emblematic of this transformation. Conversely, Zurich is witnessing the most rapid building boom in its history—and turning gray. What are the implications of these dynamics from design and historical perspectives? Explore new answers in these interdisciplinary panels, challenging notions of “urban” and “nature.”



Presented by ETH Zurich, in partnership with the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University, and AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture.

Seminar program and presenters' biographies (PDF, 732 KB)

Watch the video of the event:
Part 1
Part 2

Future Resilient Cities  
Future Resilient Cities

Future Resilient Cities Event website

The city is becoming a platform for civic interaction, capturing the imagination of scientists, programmers, economists, designers and artists. This seminar, designed to generate a cohesive, creative and innovative urban language, features an interdisciplinary team of experts from Zurich, New York and Singapore. The Future Resilient City calls for the breakdown of boundaries between genres and disciplines, the establishment of new thinking and doing, and the collaboration of all concerned inhabitants. The arts and the sciences no longer need to reside in their respective Petri dishes.

 


Presented by ETH Zurich, in partnership with Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP) at New York University, and hosted by IDEAS CITY / New Museum.

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Seminar program and presenters' biographies (PDF, 376 KB)

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Black holes  
How Black Holes Shape Our Universe

How Black Holes Shape Our Universe Event Website

Black holes might not be the cosmic forces of destruction we thought they were, but rather essential parts of galaxies like our own Milky Way. Or so speculates Professor Kevin Schawinski, co-founder of Galaxy Zoo, a crowd-sourced online observatory dedicated to deciphering black holes and other such enigmas of the night sky. You are invited to take a multimedia ride through the cosmos: gaze upwards and become a citizen scientist.

 

 

Presented by ETH Zurich, in partnership with The Explorers Club.

Lecture program and presenter biography

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Complex Systems  
The Fascinating World of Complex Systems

The Fascinating World of Complex Systems Event Website

Technological innovation is our greatest triumph and our biggest challenge. Our world is complex and multidimensional, yet we attempt to fit it into the limits of our perception. This results in man-made problems, some mundane like traffic congestion, others causing global crises like epidemics and market crashes. This series of talks and panels introduces you to the fascinating world of complex systems.

 

 


Presented by ETH Zurich, in partnership with the the New York Academy of Sciences.

Seminar program and presenters' biographies (PDF, 501 KB)

Watch the video of the event.
Part 1
Part 2

The event on Storify.

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MATSim Model of New York  
Dynamic Policy Sensitive Model of Travel Demand

Dynamic Policy Sensitive Model of Travel Demand Event Website

New York has been a hub for the major paradigm shift in transport planning for the last two decades. New York-based Parsons Brinckerhoff has developed a series of travel demand models for cities throughout the U.S. In Zurich, the ETH/Technische Universität Berlin large-scale platform MATSim takes these further by adding traffic flow to the mix—a move also explored by an ETH spinoff, senozon. These workshops and panels examine the two initiatives, using New York as a test subject for implementation.

 


Presented by ETH Zurich, in partnership with Parsons Brinckerhoff.

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Cognitive Computing
The New Era of Cognitive ­Computing

The New Era of Cognitive ­Computing
Event Website

The victory of IBM’s Watson on Jeopardy! signaled the dawn of the era of cognitive systems. Scientists at IBM are creating machines that sense, learn, reason and interact with people in new ways. Cognitive systems can help gain insights into complexity and make informed decisions—potentially transforming business and society.

 

Presented by ETH Zurich and IBM Research, in partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences.

Event program and presenters' biografies (PDF, 289 KB)

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Disney  
Disney: Creating the Magic Through Technology

Disney: Creating the Magic Through Technology Event Website

Launched in 2008, Disney Research is an informal network of laboratories whose mission is to push the frontiers of technology in areas relevant to Disney: robotics, digital fabrication, computer-generated imagery and animation. This event presents Disney Research’s latest and greatest inventions, and its synergies and collaboration with ETH Zurich.

 


Presented by ETH Zurich, in partnership with Disney Research.

Event program and presenters' biographies (PDF, 447 KB)

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 Risk - Toward More Resilient Systems and Societies  
Risk - Toward More Resilient Systems and Societies

Risk: Towards More Resilient Systems and Societies

Can we avoid another Manhattan blackout or minimize its impact? Can we sidestep natural catastrophes like Hurricane Sandy? How do we manage risk and complex behavioral patterns that result from a growing interconnectedness of systems? This seminar outlines the paradigm shift towards resilience, using models, techniques, and concepts that illustrate the emergent thinking: Unthinkable vs. Predictable; Black Swans vs. Dragon Kings.

 

 

Presented by ETH Zurich, in partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences (PDF, 346 KB)

Seminar program and presenters' biographies (PDF, 346 KB)

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Big Data  
Big Data

Big Data Event Website

Big Data is revolutionizing our lives. Thanks to the widespread deployment of smart gadgets and the ubiquitous nature of the Internet, breakthrough technologies are emerging to help us translate text into different languages, navigate public transportation systems, target treatment for disease, and much more. This workshop, through engaging talks and demonstrations, will present innovations and challenges of access to Big Data.

 

Presented by ETH Zurich, in partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences.

Seminar program and presenters' biographies (PDF, 384 KB)

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The event on Storify.

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On  
Swiss Running Shoe Revolution On

Run Central Park With Swiss Running Shoe Revolution On Event Website

Can science make your run faster and more fun? Invented by an ETH engineer and tested in ETH research, the On running shoe has been hailed as revolutionary by The Wall Street Journal. More than five World Champions, including Olympic Gold Medalist Nicola Spirig, have won races and World Championships in the On, making it one of the fastest growing running brands in the US.

 

Presented by ETH Zurich and On, in partnership with the New York Running Company.

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Zurich_met_NY_exhibition at ETH Zürich

Retrospect ETH Zurich Met New York

The retrospect looked back at ETH Zurich’s public appearance in New York City as part of the Zürich Meets New York festival. A festive setting featured photographs, poster column designs and videos, showcasing ETH Zurich’s contribution to the Zürich Meets New York festival.

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